Data management in the MES-CoBraD project: What’s in it for research libraries – POSTER PRESENTATION – LIBER CONFERENCE.

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MES-CoBraD project partner, LIBER, is Europe’s largest association of research libraries, with over 400 members. At their annual conference, professionals from this field gather for three days to discuss the latest trends in publishing, data management and data science, the open science movement, citizen science, and the future of research libraries, among other topics.

The 51st edition was held from 6th – 8th July in Odense, Denmark, at the University of Southern Denmark. As a MES-CoBraD partner, our colleagues from LIBER submitted an abstract to showcase the project at this event, in efforts to engage data management specialists with the project and raise awareness about the developments of MES-CoBraD.

The proposal was accepted and on July 7th Oliver Blake from the LIBER office presented the poster. He spent much of the conference in the exhibition space, introducing the project and talking people through the data management process that supports MES-CoBraD’s data lake. The poster specifically looked at how and what types of data are collected to feed the platform. After this, the harmonization and de-personalisation aspects were explained as key steps before data is uploaded to the data lake.

Through conversations with attendees, it became apparent that these aspects of the projects are of significant interest to data specialists within research libraries. Many people asked questions about how various data sources are used together within the platform, and the queried the implications for ethical and legal elements with the anonymisation safeguards. Furthermore, there was interest in the future of the project and how additional harmonization and analysis processes would function within the cloud.

12-conference posters were exhibited at the LIBER conference, and each were entered into a competition were participants could vote for their favourite. After the vote’s were counted the MES-CoBraD poster won first prize and Oliver took home a trophy – a Hans Christian Anderson inspired ornament – for his efforts.

Overall, the poster was used as tool to engage a key stakeholder group of the project – research libraries. We hope this will lead to further engagement and feedback from the sector as the project continues to build out the data side of MES-CoBraD.

* Photograph by Saif Shneyin - LIBER